The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies (2002) movie poster

(2002) dir. Mark Pellington
viewed: 10/06/06

This is the first of an oddly whimsical double feature that I selected tonight at the video store.  It’s a little sci-fi double feature with silly insect names.  I haven’t actually watched the next one yet, The Butterfly Effect (2004), but I am sure this is to prove an odd selection of mostly bad to mediocre fare.

Actually, it turns out that the “Mothman” is something akin to Bigfoot or some of those other things that I used to watch on In Search Of…(God I used to love that show).  I must have missed the “Mothman” because it seems like a significant event in the paranormal or the unexplained that has quite a history of lore around it.  The real stories, I guess, inspired the movie.  The events of which took place in the late 1960’s in rural West Virginia in a town called Point Pleasant.  Visions of a “moth man”, named so due to a character in Batman started appearing to people like an alien or something, speaking to them and whatnot…I don’t know the full details to be honest.  It sounds kind of interesting mainly because of the collapse of the Silver Bridge, which killed 46 people…a fact that many people felt that the Mothman was trying to warn them about.

All of that was news to me in watching the film.  I don’t think it would have made the film more interesting, really, unless it had been made as some sort of documentary.  The film stars Richard Gere and Laura Linney and is set in the present time.  It’s decent, occasionally crappy, but overall not bad.  A little slow, a little boring.  And I don’t really care for Richard Gere all that much.

I guess that the best thing I can say is that it was kind of enlightening.  Now I know about the Mothman.

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